Winter Postcards

We thought you would enjoy seeing a selection of winter scenes from our collection:

Glasshouse Images

Paul Kozal / Glasshouse Images
Paul Kozal / Glasshouse Images
Nordic Photos / Glasshouse Images
Nordic Photos / Glasshouse Images
Nordic Photos / Glasshouse Images
Nordic Photos / Glasshouse Images
Plainpicture / Glasshouse Images
Plainpicture / Glasshouse Images

Brief history of postcards

John P. Charlton of Philadelphia patented the postcard in 1861, selling the rights to H. L. Lipman, whose postcards, complete with a decorated border, were labeled “Lipman’s postal card.” Nine years later European countries were also producing postcards.

Postal Card UK 1890
Postal Card UK 1890

The United States Postal Service began issuing pre-stamped postal cards in 1873. The postal cards came about because the public was looking for an easier way to send quick notes. The USPS was the only establishment allowed to print postcards, and it held its monopoly until May 19, 1898, when Congress passed the Private Mailing Card Act which allowed private publishers and printers to produce postcards.

1899 Post Card
1899 Postcard

The first postcard in the United States was created in 1893 to advertise the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Shortly thereafter the United States government, via the United States Postal Service, allowed printers to publish a 1-cent postcard (the “Penny Postcard”). A correspondent’s writing was allowed only on the front side of these cards.

Japanese Postcard, Tokyo 1904
Japanese Postcard, Tokyo 1904

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